SALE - Rescue At The Sweetwater
In 1856 the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies became stranded in the high plains of Wyoming. Many wagons turned back. A small number of these wagons persisted in the attempt however and came to the Sweetwater River near Devil's Gate. The water was waist deep and about 100 feet across, and would have killed most of them. Three, maybe four young men of the rescue party, about eighteen years of age, saw what must be done. They volunteered to do the impossible. They spent most of the day carrying these people across the ice-choked stream, on their shoulders and in their arms. This act of pure charity and true heroism proved to be a sacrifice of great cost. The exposure and exertion these young men experienced that day was so great that in later years they all died from the affects of it. Because of their acts of charity they saved the lives of over 300 of these people.